When you have a futon, the odds are that you also have a futon cover. Futon covers are great ways to protect the mattress of the futon, and they are also great ways to add a nice aesthetic to a room. However, as with any type of fabric, it will need to be cleaned from time to time.
You may wonder if you can dry clean your futon cover or if you can wash it yourself. Luckily, regardless of how your futon cover is cleaned, it can be done easily. Read on to discover what you need to know about futon covers and dry cleaning.
Dry Cleaning a Futon Cover
If you do not want to clean the futon cover yourself without removing it, or if the soiled area needs more intensive care, you will have to remove the futon cover. However, this does not mean you have to wash it yourself.
Many people wonder if they can bring their futon cover to a dry cleaner. Luckily, you can. It will not be that expensive, and they will have the expertise (and the machinery) to clean the futon cover properly and efficiently.
There are a few things to keep in mind before you bring your futon cover to a dry cleaner.
- Dry cleaning prices
- Non-removable futon covers will require more intensive work
- Not all futon covers can be dry cleaned
Dry cleaning your futon cover will cost you some money, but it will not be expensive. The main reason you would want to use a dry cleaner to clean your futon cover is that a dry cleaner does not use water to wash fabric. Futon covers shrink easily, so the absence of water is very good for them.
Dry Cleaning Prices
Cleaning your futon cover at home will save you money. However, if you decide you want (or need) to clean your futon cover by bringing it to a dry cleaner, you will have to pay for the service.
Considering the hassle of bringing a futon cover to a dry cleaner saves you, the money you spend to get it dry cleaned is not bad at all.
Usually, you can expect to pay under $15 to get your futon cover dry cleaned. You may find places that charge as little as $5. It depends on the specific dry cleaner you bring your futon cover to. However, these prices are minimal when considering what you get in return.
Now, you should not have to dry clean your futon cover often, especially if you take care of the futon cover in between cleanings. So, the prices associated with dry cleaning your futon cover should not add up too drastically over time.
However, if you have a non-removable futon cover, the price for dry cleaning will dramatically increase. You could spend upward of $200 to get it dry cleaned, which is a hefty price for a futon cover.
Dry Cleaning a Non-Removable Futon Cover
Dry cleaning your futon cover is a good investment if the cover itself is removable. But what happens when the futon cover is part of the mattress? Some futons have built-in covers. These covers cannot be removed but still need to be cleaned. What do you do in that case?
The first thing you should consider is cleaning the non-removable cover with one of the above-mentioned methods, such as spot cleaning, deodorizing, or steam cleaning the cover. However, if you still want to bring your futon to a dry cleaner, you can.
Remember, to get a non-removable futon cover dry cleaned, you will need to bring the entire futon (without the frame) to the dry cleaner. The dry cleaner will have to do more work to clean the cover without affecting the mattress, and this is where the extra money comes in.
So, while it is not impossible to bring your non-removable futon cover to a dry cleaner to get washed, it is not cheap. Therefore, you should only consider doing it if you absolutely must.
Not All Futon Covers Can Be Dry Cleaned
While it is possible to bring your futon cover to a dry cleaner, it is important to remember that not all futon covers can be dry cleaned. The best way to know if you can dry clean your futon cover is to check the manufacturer’s tag, which should be sewn to the inside of the futon cover.
The futon cover’s tag will include some of the following information:
- If the futon cover can be dry cleaned
- The water temperature that can be used to clean the futon
- The type of detergent that can be used to clean the futon
- The dryer setting for the futon cover
If the futon cover’s tag says, “May be dry cleaned,” then you can bring it to your local dry cleaner and they will take care of the rest. However, if it does not say that, or it specifically says you cannot dry clean the futon cover, then it is not possible to bring it in.
You will have to clean the futon cover yourself in this case. However, cleaning the futon cover yourself can be a quick and easy process, too.